Psychological and Brain Sciences Colloquium: Rhonda Boyd, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Psychological and Brain Sciences Clinical Area Colloquium
Rhonda Boyd, Associate Professor, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Youth Depression and Suicide: Assessment Considerations from a Clinical Research Program
Abstract: Youth depression is a prevalent and debilitating psychiatric disorder that has been increasing. Similarly, suicide rates have risen such that it is the second leading cause of death among youth 10-24 years. This presentation will describe prevalence rates, risks and associated characteristics of both depression and suicide in children and adolescents. It will also present a clinical research program for youth with mood difficulties in an outpatient behavioral health clinic. As part of this clinical program, youth and their families’ assessments are included in a data registry. Investigation of assessment issues such as psychometric properties of depression, bullying and negative life events measures, as well as, parent-adolescent discrepancies of family environment and suicidal ideation, will be highlighted. Clinical implications and future research directions will also be discussed.